I’ve sung the words before but last night they were more real to me:

“There’s nothing worth more than would ever come close
Nothing can compare, You’re our Living Hope
Your Presence, Lord

I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves,
When my heart becomes free and my shame is undone…”

(Holy Spirit, by Jesus Culture)

John and I have been reading and doing the study by Francis Chan, “Forgotten God,” about the Holy Spirit. Last night’s lesson was focusing on what the Bible tells us about God’s Spirit.

There is a LOT of mystery with God, with His nature, in the Trinity – a lot I will never fully understand. What stood out to me as we read about the Holy Spirit is the reminder that He is a person, not a thing. We have likened Him to things sometimes: like electric power to plug into, like a force of strength to rely on, and more. But He is One to relate to, to converse with, to love and learn from. He is God’s Spirit with us constantly, knowing us completely, assuring us we are God’s children. He is the One who draws us to God in the first place. He lays heavy conviction on our hearts for things we’ve done wrong or ways we offend God, but then readily sets us free from those sins when we turn and repent.

As we prayed together last night, the realization of Holy Spirit’s nearness washed over me. How often we walk through each day feeling alone or that God would come if we called Him, when He is there the whole time! Luke 11:13 says that God, being the best parent ever, will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Sometimes that verse has made me think of God giving an object, but thinking of it as God giving you a person makes that verse more precious and the gift so intimate and incredible.

And if Holy Spirit, part of the Trinity, is God, God’s presence with us and in us, we should worship Him with the same awe, fear, reference, love, and thankfulness as we do God, the Father, and Jesus, the Son. We should humble ourselves just as much before Him constantly, in amazement He would give grace and stay with us! He is not a lesser servant of God sent to help us, He is GOD.

My heart cries out, Papa. Thank you for this gift of Your Holy Spirit, a gift I have taken for granted and even sometimes ignored. Your Presence gives peace and hope like none other! To be loved and accompanied on this path by One who knows me through and through and loves me, is willing to lead me and teach me, and has good plans and purpose for me…thank you, thank you, thank You. I love You, Holy Spirit. I want to know more of You. Be so loud in my life that I can never forget You are with me.

“Let us become more aware of Your Presence…Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for, to be overcome by Your Presence, Lord.”